An admirable attempt to examine the moral, political, social and religious implications of mankind's first contact with extraterrestrial intelligence, via the unyielding character of fiercely dedicated scientist Ellie Arraway (Jodie Foster), for
whom the pursuit of knowledge is a holy quest. The message from space Ellie intercepts includes blueprints for a mysterious machine that sends the world into an uproar -- to build or not to build? Nations squabble, religious leaders bicker, policy makers rant and scientists jockey for position,
while at the heart of the turmoil lies an age-old question: Are we happier putting our faith in God or science? One memorable scene...